NYC 2nd Ave. Subway Progress

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WhoozOn1st

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It has to come from a best coast New York Times subscriber, huh? :D

New York Times Sunday Magazine article, slide show (good photos!), and video on the progress of Manhattan's long delayed 2nd Avenue subway.

Story: Tunneling Below Second Avenue

"In Manhattan, where street traffic tends to stall, only one subway runs the length of the East Side. Every weekday, 1.3 million passengers — more than are carried in 24 hours by the transit systems of Boston, Chicago and San Francisco combined — cram onto the Lexington Avenue line. Yet the chaos above and below has inspired afeat: about 475 laborers are now removing 15 million cubic feet of rock and 6 million cubic feet of soil — more than half an Empire State Building by volume — out from under two miles of metropolis. In December 2016, that tunnel will make its debut as a portion of the Second Avenue subway — the great failed track New York City has been postponing, restarting, debating, financing, definancing and otherwise meaning to get in the ground since 1929."

Slide Show: Way Down in the Hole

Video: The Once and Future Dream of New York
 

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Every weekday, 1.3 million passengers — more than are carried in 24 hours by the transit systems of Boston, Chicago and San Francisco combined
That is an incorrect statement (if, by "transit system," one does not mean exclusively rail).

Chicago Transit Authority carries around 1.7-1.8 million passengers per weekday. I don't know the exact breakdown, but a few years ago, the bus-to-rail ratio was 2:1. It might have closed a little bit in favor of rail.
 

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In the New York Transit Museum last month, I noticed that their store was already selling a baseball cap with the 2nd Avenue line logo on it (a turquoise "T") along with the baseball caps with all the other line logos.
 

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They've been selling t-shirts with the
symbol for a while now. Honestly, the way things are going, there's not going to be a
for a very long time.

It's an interesting question - how come it's taking so long to build this line (around 10 years for 2 miles for the first segment)? NY's first subway was 9 miles long and was built in four years. While of course, nobody's going to do cut-and-cover on 2 Av today, it still shouldn't take this long.
 
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In December 2016, that tunnel will make its debut as a portion of the Second Avenue subway — the great failed track New York City has been postponing, restarting, debating, financing, definancing and otherwise meaning to get in the ground since 1929.
Based on the history presented in the article, as well as on comments from other posters, all I can say is: don't bet on it.
 

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